The former White House adviser recently told the Daily Beast that the House committee investigating the siege of Congress, which is signaling that Trump may face criminal referrals, would not dare reach out to him.
“They don’t want any part of me. I exonerate Trump and Bannon," he said, citing former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, who was charged with contempt of Congress after he ignored a subpoena from the panel.
The Washington Examiner reached out to a committee representative for comment on whether it is interested in testimony or data from Navarro but has not heard back.
However, despite the carrot-on-a-stick strategy, even if probers do want to hear from Navarro, he told the Washington Examiner on Friday that he would resist collaborating anyway.
“The president asserted executive privilege,” Navarro said. "He didn’t assert it with respect to this specific committee — he asserted it broadly."
Trump guided several former advisers in the fall not to take action with the committee, citing executive and other privileges. But he is suffering challenges in keeping it as President Joe Biden has dismissed his claims of executive privilege, and after two lower court losses, Trump is taking the fight to stop the publication of documents to the Supreme Court.
"I’m happy to give every member of the committee a copy of my In Trump Time book," Navarro added. "I’m happy to do that, but I’m not going to cooperate with a partisan witch hunt. It’s not my privilege to waive. That’s the important legal point."
In his memoir, which was issued in early November, Navarro talks about working with Bannon to execute what he calls the "Green Bay Sweep." The plan was to recruit members of Congress on Jan. 6 to stop the approval of Biden's victory in the 2020 election by sending electoral votes back to several states in which Trump and his allies claimed there was rampant fraud and irregularities. Navarro claims the rioters who charged the Capitol, disrupting the counting of electoral votes, averted a sufficient number of lawmakers from committing to the plan.
"Their narrative is that Trump instigated the violence. My fact-based claim is that the last thing Trump, Bannon, or I wanted that day was violence because we needed peace and calm on Capitol Hill to implement the Green Bay Sweep," he said. "The only reason why we weren't able to execute the strategy was because of that violence."